March 29, 2017

DIY Barnwood Ceiling

You guys know that you don't have to buy reclaimed wood to have the reclaimed-wood look. Right? Alder is my most popular wood species for new projects, because it's an inexpensive hardwood and it stains so pretty! You can this look ready to install through Home Depot- like I mentioned in this instructional SHIPLAP tutorial.  But here's how to stain the wood and do it yourself. 
You're gonna love this look and these project pics!


  • Weatherwood's Reclamation Stain
  • Alder, Beech, Birch, or Maple shiplap (to get this exact look)
  • Brushes or gravity sprayer (sprayer is better for this size project)
  • Paint Thinner


[1.] SANDING ALTERNATIVE: You guys are really going to love me for this trick. It works for mist wood projects, when you're just trying to open up the grain. Obviously it's not gonna strip your cabinets for you. You just want to spray or paint the siding with paint thinner. This opens up the wood grain and prepares it to be stained the same way facial toner opens your pores.

[2.] Strain the Reclamation stain and then use the gravity sprayer to drench the wood. Spray the wood
evenly, in overlapping motions, and allow the stain to air dry. (See video).

You can also use a brush to apply the stain too. Just drench the wood and allow it to air dry. A sponge brush works best. 

Here's a video I took in this actual space when it was still under construction. The ceiling was complete and it was amaze balls. This was the first time I had seen my stains in a large scale setting, and you can hear my thoughts above. ;)

3] If you need help installing your shiplap, don't worry about it. I did a full  instructional SHIPLAP tutorial a few weeks back.

I hope to see you tomorrow for our linky party! My favorite part of the week is checking out what YOU have been up to. Thanks for checking out what I have been up to, too.

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